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Traffic Restrictions as Red House Reopens on Friday

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AFTER a $441 million restoration, the Red House will once again be the home of Parliament.

It will be reopened at 10.30 a.m. on Friday and traffic restrictions will be in place.

This was revealed by Communications Manager of the Office of the Parliament Jason Elcock at a media briefing at Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port-of-Spain, where both houses of Parliament were temporarily relocated since 2011.

Elcock said the reopening will be similar to the ceremonial opening of Parliament and will be officiated by President Paula-Mae Weekes.

Traffic will be restricted in and around the Red House.

There will be a guard of honour which will start at Sackville Street, then move east onto St Vincent Street then south along St Vincent Street, east on to Hart Street and end north on to Abercromby Street, he said.

No drones would be allowed during the reopening and no one will be allowed to enter the Red House on the Abercromby Street side once the guard of honour forms at 10 a.m.

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Elcock said this will be the first time in history Parliament will use both the northern and southern chambers of the Red House. He said the northern chamber will host the House of Representatives while the southern chamber will host the Senate.

After the President dismisses the guard of honour she will then read the proclamation that the 5th session of the 11th Parliament will continue at the Red House in both chambers starting with the Senate. Then both houses will gather in the Chamber of the House of Representatives.

After both houses adjourn there will be a brief formal ceremony in the rotunda. The Speaker and the Prime Minister will deliver addresses.

The media will then be taken on a tour of the Red House.

 

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